Monday, October 12, 2015

What are the different sensors embedded in the Microsoft Band - 2

The new Microsoft Band has a very comprehensive set of sensors in addition to a Haptic vibration motor.

Here is a listing from Microsoft site;
  • Optical heart rate sensor
    • Heart rate is monitored optically looking at the fluctuations in the capillaries situated in the back of the clasp. A green light is seen when active.
  • 3-axis accelerometer/gyro
    • Motion Detection
  • Gyrometer
    • Motion Detection
  • GPS
    • Location changes monitored, distances measured, route changes monitored
  • Ambient light sensor
    • Adjusts display clarity with changes in ambient light
  • Skin temperature sensor
  • UV sensor
    • Click UV tile to find current UV level
  • Capacitive sensor
  • Galvanic skin response(GSR)
    • Measures skin conductivity (between two points) with one point under the clasp and another under the face of the band. Band knows whether it is being worn so as to adjust activities.
  • Microphone
    • You can speak to Cortana. The microphone is next to left side of touch screen. Click and hold action button to speak.
  • Barometer
    • Detects elevation changes while running up/down hill, cycling or mountain climbing.
What is Haptic?
It is also known as Tactile or touch sensitivity. You feel a vibration if some attention is needed, for example. In the case of Microsoft Band it can alert you to messages and such. If it bothers you, it can be turned-off from Settings (DoNotDisturb setting).

Microsoft Band Video:

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